By Richard Clarke
Arsenal have not specifically practised penalties in the build-up to the Champions League Semi-Final second leg with Manchester United this evening.
If Arsène Wenger’s side win 1-0 in 90 minutes and extra-time remains goalless then a place in Rome will be decided from 12 yards.
Of course, Arsenal have already won a penalty shoot-out in this year’s competition. Ironically it came at the Stadio Olimpico, the venue for the Final, in the Knockout Round.
However, even though success this evening could make or break his season, Wenger has deliberately avoided a rehearsal.
“No. I don’t believe [in it],” he said. “We practise penalties in training, but never the day before the game.
“If you practise penalties the day before the game, always one or two will miss. And then they will go into the game with that pressure.
"We practise penalties usually in training for fun but I’m not a big fan of it the day before the game.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 5 May 2009